The series Earthworks has colonial overtones. Here, nature has reclaimed an abandoned diamond mine in Namibia. The sand and the Atlantic winds are slowly eroding buildings and spaces, pulverising them and erasing everything related to human civilisation.
The Kudzu Project
In this series, Schmitz depicts one of the most invasive and aggressive plants that was introduced into the United States in 1876, ironically as a well-intended gift from Japan to the United States on occasion of the country’s 100th anniversary.
This new series presents photographs from the forest of Västmanland, near Sala, which, in the summer of 2014, was the scene of the worst forest fire in recent Swedish history.During the two years since the fire, Helene Schmitz has returned to the forests in Västmanland to document the transformation of the landscape.